Director's Welcome

Giorgio Rizzoni

Automotive makers worldwide have announced plans to reduce investments in internal combustion engine research and development, while expanding programs related to electrification of vehicle propulsion systems. Similarly connectivity and automated driving are seeing a growing investment on the part of all major auto makers and suppliers, including partnerships with non-traditional information technology 
sector companies to develop autonomous vehicle technologies. CAR is rapidly adapting to many of these changes. In many ways it has not been difficult for CAR to position itself to be ready for changes because CAR faculty, students and research staff have been engaged in research and education related to vehicle automation and connectivity and vehicle electrification for over 20 years. So, from a knowledge perspective, we are ready. What is changing as rapidly as the technology are the engagement models through which a university can partner with industry. The good news is, we’re always open to exploring new ways to build meaningful partnerships to advance the education of the new workforce and to explore innovative ideas.

CAR is adapting in an effective way. On one hand, by changing the spectrum of its collaborations across campus, seeing a greater number of partnerships with faculty who are engaged in topics like cybersecurity, machine learning, artificial intelligence, traffic and transportation systems, and travel behavior; on the other, by dynamically creating new partnerships with industry and with government agencies. One of 
the great strengths of The Ohio State University continues to be the breadth of its excellence. We are keeping pace with the dynamic changes that are taking place in the automotive industry and are striving to develop a new workforce that is well prepared for the future, through projects and research programs, and through the evolution of our graduate course offerings.

Giorgio Rizzoni

Director, Center for Automotive Research
Ford Motor Chair in Electromechanical Systems
Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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